As I continue the search for military records about my family, I learn a little more about the sacrifices made during each person's service, whether they were killed in action, or came home with injuries, whether physical or mental. Each of these men should be remembered.
Private Michael Kokoska is another cousin who served his country. He was born September 28, 1891 in Chicago, Illinois. He worked as a coat maker before the war. Michael registered for the draft June 5, 1917, in Chicago. The date he was officially drafted and began his service is unknown.
Michael was a member of the 32nd Division (The Red Arrow), 127th Infantry Regiment Co. L., in WWI and served in France. At this time I know from ship logs, after he trained in the states, he sailed on the U.S.S. George Washington on February 18, 1918 from Hoboken, New Jersey, to France. He was wounded and then died June 27, 1918 near Alsace, France.
It took three years for his body to be returned to his family. Michael was buried in Bohemian National Cemetery on May 29, 1921. His parents are buried in the same plot.
More information on the 32nd's service can be found here on Google's
32nd Division in the World War. The photos are: Michael's Military Photo on his grave. His funeral photos on 18th Street in 1921 in Chicago in front of the family home. His father Joseph and Michael. Michael's grave photos.